This is an essential part of the consultation and may include:
Your doctor can use a range of examination techniques including tapping your abdomen to detect liver size and the presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.
Less than 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure. Doctors define high blood pressure (hypertension) as 140 over 90 or higher.
General Blood Screen (full blood count, blood glucose, thyroid function and cholesterol)
A blood screening can be used to detect a wide range of existing illnesses.
Skin and nail findings could indicate a dermatological problem or abnormality somewhere else in the body.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to test the electrical activity of the heart and aids in determining its health and performance. An ECG will be performed on patients over 45 years of age.
Your doctor will look for physical and sensory changes. Pulses can be checked in your arms and legs. Examining joints can assess for abnormalities.
Your doctor gathers a large amount of information about you and your health just by watching and talking to you. How is your memory and mental quickness? Does your skin appear healthy? Can you easily stand and walk?
By listening to your heart with a stethoscope, a doctor might detect an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, or other clues to heart disease.
Values between 60 and 100 are considered normal. Many healthy people have heart rates slower than 60, however.
Nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state may be assessed.
From 12 to 16 breaths per minute is normal for a healthy adult. Breathing more than 20 times per minute can suggest heart or lung problems.
37 degrees Celsius is the average, but healthy people can have resting temperatures slightly higher or lower.
A urinalysis check can be used to check for a number of conditions; as such it is an important part of our annual health checks.